UNTIL WE FIND YOU
On September 26, 2014, students of the Ayotzinapa Teachers College traveled to the city of Iguala, Guerrero to commandeer buses, a common protest tactic used by social organizations in Mexico. As they left the city, they were hunted down by police who left 25 students wounded and 3 dead. In the following days it became clear that the police had also “disappeared” 43 students. They have not been seen since.
For the families and classmates of the missing, the following days and weeks marked the beginning of an odyssey that has yet to end. Though the case became a national symbol for corruption and mass Drug War violence, the Mexican government's investigation has been marked by contradictions and charges of coverup. In January 2015, the Mexican Attorney General closed the case based on the theory that the students had been turned over to members of the Guerreros Unidos cartel and incinerated at a dump the night they were detained. The account has since been rejected as “impossible" by a group of international experts that the Inter-American Human Rights Commission appointed to evaluate the Mexican government's inquiry.
This series is the result of months spent with the community that is still reeling from this disappearance. Since September 26, 2014, torment and uncertainty have consumed the families and friends of the missing. Holding out hope, they continue to search for their loved ones alive, and promise to continue "hasta encontrarte." Until I find you.